Boatbuilding Blog

March 28, 2011

Making the Dinghy Hinge

Filed under: Dinghy — tomlarkin @ 9:40 am

Years ago when I was working as a welder I made some Hossfeld steel bender knockoffs to sell for extra cash. I saved one and got to use it to bend the pivot bar that attaches to the dinghy.  I picked up some 1/2 inch stainless rod at Metal Shorts, put a roll of stainless wire in the MIG welder, and hooked up the Helium/Argon/CO2 gas mix. The bases are backing plates for Ronstan blocks. Using the mockup as a model, bending and welding only took a couple of hours.  You can see the piece on the boat in the top picture of the previous entry.

The Hossfeld knock-off mounted to my steel fabrication table:

Clamped and ready to weld:

Fitting it to the dinghy:


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    Comment by everlastgenerators — March 7, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

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